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From the farmers’ market, that is.

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Look at these ridiculously gorgeous orchid cactus flowers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Epiphyllum flowers

Crazy beautiful. And large. And oh-so-pink! I love them.


Just because…

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How can you resist this face?

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Pretty girl!

This Phaelaenopsis orchid is a year-old birthday gift from the ever-awesome Lisa Scherlacher. The plant has decided to grace me with a rebloom.

Contrary to what you may have read on the web, it’s not always difficult to get an orchid to rebloom. I didn’t coddle this plant at all. I didn’t give it special orchid-only food. I treated it like the rest of the houseplants.

That said, I feed all my plants regularly. Regular fertilizer or sometimes epsom Salt (magnesium), sometimes Superthrive.

It’s important to feed houseplants with a diet of more than just water. They need those nutrients. They may not die from lack of having them, but they won’t thrive without them.

Thanks Lisa, for the gift that keeps on giving!

Hey look, pretty blossoms!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plum tree blossoms

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plum tree blossoms

Sooooooo…ya know how I usually do Quirky Burque posts on Saturdays? Where I post photos of weird things here in Albuquerque? Yeah, Ima gonna have to change that.

It turns out there’s some animosity amongst the locals about the nickname Burque. The annoyance probably wouldn’t have boiled to the surface, except that there’s this jerky dude on Facebook who has co-opted the nickname, and now lots of people publicly hate it. Burque had been an affectionate term used by long-time residents of Albuquerque…it has evolved to hipster-speak, which of course, the natives don’t appreciate. Especially if it’s pronounced without rolling the R. (Which is how I pronounce it to rhyme with quirky, you know, because I’m from Indiana and not Albuquerque.)

I don’t know this fella on Facebook personally, but the stuff he does on his page – stealing photos and putting his own watermarks on them, deleting comments when people call him on it, speaking for all New Mexicans, creating drama, insulting people and so on – is fairly well documented douchebaggery behavior. The last thing I want is to be associated with his douchebaggery behavior. He ruined the name for the rest of us.

So no more Burque.

I could simply change Saturday posts to Quirky Albuquerque or something similar. Or I could start an unrelated segment. I thought I’d ask you what you thought first. If everyone enjoys seeing glimpses into our Wild West city, I can still do that. But if there’s not a lot of interest, I’d rather find something else to post.

What do you think?

While I wait to hear from you, I hope you enjoy the plum tree flowers on this overcast day in the Southwest!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plum tree blossoms

Sweet! It’s time for lots of pretty flower photos – I love it!

Who doesn’t love April flowers?

Especially the indoor ones, like these adorable blooms on Sweetie, a Euphorbia milii, ‘Crown of Thorns’ plant:

Elise, another Crown of Thorns plant and Sweetie’s Mother, is also bustin’ out the blooms and bracts:

Sue, a Chlorophytum comosum, ‘Spider plant’, has bloomed continuously for months now:

Her Mom, Nel is also blooming:

If only the Internet transmitted smells, you’d love that I shared this bouquet of Boronia with you:

Its scent is as sweet as its flowers are beautiful.

Thanks so much to Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming at our casas around the 15thish of each month. (I’m posting early because Sunday is my day off.) You know I love having an excuse to photograph my flowers!

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you here.

Ahhh, another excuse to post pretty flower photos. Welcome to September’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for encouraging us to show off what’s blooming in and around the casa on the 15th of each month.

Let’s start outside by my back door:

The flowers are making a comeback after leaf hoppers munched away at them, so that’s awesome. Here in Albuquerque, most of these flowers will bloom well into November (unless I get tired of watering them before then, haha!).

I haven’t deadheaded the Blanket Flowers all summer…I love watching them fade.

By the front door, more splashes of color:

The Morning Glories make me swoon:

And in the house, Miss Mimosa (Mimosa pudica) happily blooms away:

Ellie the Euphorbia, Crown of Thorns plant, recently popped out two new adorable blooms:

(The flowers are on the inside, the yellow, surrounded by the cream colored bracts.)

And Lady Evermore, the Aeschynanthus, hasn’t stopped blooming in months:

One thing I love about my indoor houseplants is that many of them will bloom during the winter, when my outdoor garden is fast asleep. Makes those months seem a little less dreary.

I’ll be back manana with an all-new Ask the Experts panel, and a new plant puzzler.

You still have time to vote for last week’s puzzler, in which I asked if these Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis) were real or fake:

You can submit your best guess in the comments section or on facebook. The deadline is tonight at midnight, MST (that’s 2am EST). Remember, the prizes may be imaginary, but the link to your site and the glory of winning is oh-so-real. Hope to see you back here.

We’ve actually had some storms recently, which is wonderful. It’s always great when it rains in the desert. It rained yesterday, it’s supposed to rain again today.

A couple of weeks ago it rained, and I happened to be at home with my camera. I hardly ever get the chance to capture raindrops on flowers, so I jumped on the opportunity. I managed to get a couple of decent shots.

This shot of the Marigolds make me like Marigolds a little more:

They’re such sweet flowers!

I know a lot of people don’t like Blanket Flowers, but I think they’re pretty, even when they are fading:

I thought this Snapdragon flower was pretty cute, too:

Flowers look so dramatic after a rain, don’t you think? I have a ton of Petunias blooming but after the rain they look half drowned rather than photogenic. The Morning Glories had already closed for the day, so I didn’t have that many flowers from which to choose. I guess it doesn’t really matter when you’re macro-ing anyway.

What about you? After it rains, are you likely to be out in the garden snapping away with your camera?

I’ll be back on Monday, hope to see you here.

Remember last week when I was complaining that someone stole some of the Alliums in the front yard? There had been 14 in all, then there were only 11 (one was replanted at the landlady’s house).

Then you can imagine my anger when I walked out a few days ago and found this scene – they were all stolen!

Haha, juuuuuust kidding. They weren’t stolen. My landlady decided that the best way to foil a thief was to remove the temptation. So she pulled them all up and set them aside in the back yard:

They’re safe back there, I can still photograph their decay, and they should be fine by next season. We’ll find them a new home away from thieving hands.

I’m a little worried that my container gardens are sitting ducks, by my front door.

What potential thieves may not realize is that I have about a gazillion photographs of the gardens and I won’t hesitate to use them in “Missing Plants” fliers that I will distribute everywhere. Heh, heh, heh, we will outsmart you yet, stupid thieves.

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About Me

Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.